Things you hate about TV

Things you hate about TV

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Mark Benson

5,301 posts

214 months

Thursday 15th August
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Gave up on boradcast TV a while ago and now have Netflix, Amazon and my daughter watches Youtube, though I think we're dropping Amazon when it's up for renewal as we don't buy a lot from them or watch much that they show, plus the TV seems to struggle with the interface sometimes.

So Netflix and Youtube - and that'll be more than enough, we don't watch much TV anyway, but I think that's in part because we don't just switch TV on automatically as background noise, with NF and YT you actively seek out something to watch. We've also watched a lot of foreign language stuff that we'd never have seen if we'd just watched broadcast TV which often helps break the ice when I speak with foreign clients or collegues - to have seen some popular culture from their country seems to be a great way to engage someone.

I can't imagine going back to broadcast TV.

soad

30,301 posts

121 months

Thursday 15th August
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Used mine exclusively for (console) gaming, until it died. Wrong thread?

AshVX220

4,018 posts

135 months

Thursday 15th August
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Jader1973 said:
Adverts.

I was watching a film last week and timed it: 9 minutes of film followed by 7 minutes of ads.

I turned off after that.
You think that's bad? My wife and I lived in the US for a while and she timed the film/advert ratio.....it was 5 minutes if film, to 7 minutes if adverts!

JonnyJustice

243 posts

4 months

Thursday 15th August
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Endless repeats, a lack of engaging new content, seeming abundance of ‘celebrity’/reality shows. It’s like they make programmes of inane st because producers have literally run out of ideas.

rev-erend

20,080 posts

229 months

Thursday 15th August
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Drumroll said:
The need to continually recap on what has already happened less than 5 minutes ago. Some programmes have even started to tell us what is happening in the next section just before they go to an advert brake.
Now that is really annoying.

For instance all those with Guy Martin manage to stretch 30 mins of content into an hour and have all the annoying traits that you mention.

hoffman66

11 posts

1 month

Thursday 15th August
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Simply put I haven't had a tv for years and have not paid a licence for just as long, they do not offer me what I require, sold all the stuff I want and pamper to the lowest common denominator of people who don't do anything in the evenings other than watch tv.

Phoning in is the required setting as it makes money, talent shows, reality tv pushing things to Partridge levels of idiotic programs, really there is not much to say it's worth it.

Not when you catch it all up later anyway.

Riley Blue

15,132 posts

171 months

Friday 16th August
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My five year old Panasonic 'smart' TV that is no longer 'smart'. Latest problem is its inability to show BBC iPlayer despite firmware upgrades, router re-boots and intermittent cursing - grrrrr!

Johnnytheboy

18,285 posts

131 months

Friday 16th August
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1. Advert breaks that are synchronised across many channels, so you can't have a flick round to other programmes while they are on.

2. Repetitive trailers, Channel 5 family I'm looking at you, my God do they get their money's worth out of their trails.

3. Every time I see a promising looking film advertised and it's the stty remake.

Mr Pointy

4,084 posts

104 months

Friday 16th August
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Oh look.

Low post count OP: check
Controversioal topic: check
OP doesn't return to thread: check

TROLL POST ALERT.

droopsnoot

6,882 posts

187 months

Friday 16th August
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sgtBerbatov said:
The only saving grace is BBC Four, and even then that's had issues like cutting to the Wimbeldon Double's Final 20 minutes in to a good documentary about the Space Shuttle just because they were late for Top Gear.
That was particularly annoying because, if I recall correctly, there was no mention on either channel that they were switching over, just the same picture on both channels for a disturbing amount of time. Disturbing in my case because I'd been having trouble with my Freeview recorder (which would randomly swap from BBC1 to a random rubbish channel when watching), swapped it for a newer one, and just for that few seconds it looked like it had the same problem.

Yes, the volume thing is irritating, not just between ads and programme content, but inside programmes as well - I watch late at night sometimes, after others have gone to bed, so I need to keep the volume quite low. But I'm finding more and more that I have to keep adjusting things just to be able to hear. I could get headphones, I guess, but I'd rather not.

Johnnytheboy

18,285 posts

131 months

Friday 16th August
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I'm still waiting for the inevitable "I can't believe any of you still watch live TV anymore..." comment. hehe

K Stand Ken

Original Poster:

65 posts

14 months

Friday 16th August
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Mr Pointy said:
Oh look.

Low post count OP: check
Controversioal topic: check
OP doesn't return to thread: check

TROLL POST ALERT.
I'm the OP, and I'm afraid I can't quite understand your comments.
Can you please rephrase them in less esoteric language?

LimaDelta

3,958 posts

163 months

Friday 16th August
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All of it.

Were it not for the OH I would happily do without a TV. That said I am 40 and have only ever bought 3 my whole life so I think I get off lightly. At least she is happy with TV integrated speakers and 'can't see in HD'. hehe

marcosgt

10,371 posts

121 months

Friday 16th August
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Binge watchers biggrin

Limadelta said:
That said I am 40 and have only ever bought 3 my whole life so I think I get off lightly.
I'm 57 and I've only bought 2! Is there a prize?

M


Edited by marcosgt on Friday 16th August 16:19

DaveGrohl

138 posts

42 months

Friday 16th August
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Johnnytheboy said:
I'm still waiting for the inevitable "I can't believe any of you still watch live TV anymore..." comment. hehe
That'll be me then?

Most hour long programmes are actually 40-45 mins long. Why would you want to spend 60 mins watching it? And then complain about adverts? Sky need to have a skip 4 mins button on their remotes, would make it easier than the 30x timing sweepstake me and the gf play. Even my BT box has a skip 1 min button. Live telly? Why?

Thesprucegoose

18,810 posts

140 months

Friday 16th August
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I watch maybe 3 hours a week plus f1 when it on, I watch youtube, netflix and amazon, I just watch what i want when I want.

CypSIdders

316 posts

99 months

Friday 16th August
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I have distilled my live TV viewing down to just MotoGP, WSBK, BSB and the road racing, other than that I watch Youtube, (woodworking, guitar building, Fishing, resto's, and spannering).

However, MotoGP, WSBK, BSB all share the same annoying trait, there'll be a cracking battle for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th but we have to cut away from this to watch the leader cross the finish line on his own. We then miss the last corner shenanigans that we've been following for the last 10 laps.
I'm fully aware that this is a contractual thing, however the technology exists to watch the, lonely, winner crossing the line in a separate small window on screen, but no, we have to have the st option!

fkin' muppets!

Oh yeah, Suzi Perry, she can FRO!

sgtBerbatov

1,610 posts

26 months

Saturday 17th August
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droopsnoot said:
That was particularly annoying because, if I recall correctly, there was no mention on either channel that they were switching over, just the same picture on both channels for a disturbing amount of time. Disturbing in my case because I'd been having trouble with my Freeview recorder (which would randomly swap from BBC1 to a random rubbish channel when watching), swapped it for a newer one, and just for that few seconds it looked like it had the same problem..
Yeah, all that happened was you saw the space shuttle, then doubles. No mention that was happening at all, and I couldn't understand why they did that as they were banging on about the red button and had been showing other matches on that service throughout the tournament.

andy_s

14,837 posts

204 months

Saturday 17th August
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That fecking plinky-plinky sad piano music in the background of every unfortunate narrative.
That fecking upbeat happy acoustic guitar background music whenever there is something supposedly happy being reported.
That fecking assumption that anything vaguely complicated needs to be told to us like we're 6 years old, usually with a big, happy patronising grin.
That fecking unerring ability of any news team to skim the surface of every issue but spend that same amount of time on it as a dissertation.

And adverts [deliberately set to a higher volume than usual].

Halb

49,049 posts

128 months

Sunday 18th August
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Watched WInter SOldier tonight. The good thing about the animated credits and the mid-credit scene is that the fkwits don't talk, not until the flat credits, it helps keep the feeling of the film.